How to Select an Ocean Carrier

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Ocean freight buyers are often limited by the geography of their offshore suppliers/manufacturers and stateside customers and the urgency of the shipping season when they consider making changes to their carrier networks. But there is always room for optimization. Shrewd logistics professionals periodically research and take advantage of new carrier products or changed services to leverage improvements. As the global tide continues to break over new manufacturing and logistics markets and ports of call, and cargo flows shift currents into emerging trade lanes, ocean freight buyers are awash with options and avenues for matching supply to demand and meeting customer needs.

While speed, capacity, and cost are top priorities for ocean shippers, navigating the minutiae of carrier selection can help unbundle less-visible economies and efficiencies. Shippers that are proactive in vetting potential carriers can develop partnerships that address their cargo's specific needs, leverage services and networks to streamline their supply chain, and conceivably grow their business globally and domestically.

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